God gave Israel a great victory at Jericho. This was the first large city the Hebrews encountered as they entered the land God had promised them.
This fortified city had thick walls of rock and brick. But that was no match for the power of God and His obedient people.
The next town they happened upon was a small one called Ai. It was no match for the fighting force of Israel. So it was decided that only 3,000 warriors would fight.
They were defeated and over 30 lost their lives.
Israel’s leader, Joshua, was dismayed. He fell on his face and begged for God to tell him why this had happened. He even said it would have been better never to have crossed the Jordan river if they were going to die in this land.
God’s answer was for Joshua to get up.
For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the Lord. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you. Josh 7:13
Unknown to Joshua someone had violated God’s command and had taken stolen some items from Jericho.
The items were well hidden – buried inside the tent of a man named Achan.
You, too, can have secrets buried in your life that no one knows about. You can keep them well covered and hidden. And these hidden secrets can interfere with going forward.
You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you. Josh 7:13
Sin holds you captive; makes you a prisoner. Everyone who sins is a slave of sin. John 8:34
Sin will not allow you to move forward with God. It will hold you back.
This is why the Bible says to confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16
Today find a friend you can trust and be healed!